Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that involves lows and highs of mood. During a low a patient can feel very depressed, even suicidal. During a high time, the patient may participate in behavior that is not their ‘normal’. Because there is still a big stigma associated with mental illness, learning who else is battling this mental battle may help give you confidence to talk about your issues with someone else. Seeking a support system is very important in the road of recovery.
One of the most famous celebrities that we know has Bipolar Disorder is Britney Spears. During one of her low cycles she has shaved her head, smashed a car, and sent to the hospital while locking herself and her son in the bathroom. More recently her highs have been seen by trying to get her life back in order. It is hard to deny you have a mental disorder with such extreme behavior. However, seeking help prior to these major events could have given her more time to recover. Britney has lost a lot of things because of her low and high cycles.
Another celebrity that is hard to deny that suffers from Bipolar Disorder is Mel Gibson. Besides exhibiting extreme behaviors, Mel also talks opening about his disorder in a documentary in 2002. Because this documentary is just now being released to the public- it was made in an acting class he was in- there is speculation as to whether or not the Mel Gibson actually suffers from the disorder.
Ozzy Osbourne was diagnosis with Bipolar Disorder in the early 80’s. Just like other celebrities, Ozzy has a tendency to show very outrageous behavior. This could stem from the disorder. Like many that suffer from mental illness, he has been treated for alcoholism and drug addiction. It is common to self-medicate with these substances
If you check out this site they have a list of 25 different famous people that have suffered from Bipolar Disorder. As anyone can see, you are not alone. If you feel as if you suffer from this mental illness but don’t know how to talk about it, check out this article: How to tell your family that you suffer from mental illness.